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Cantor Memo Outlines Upcoming Assaults on EPA

30 Aug 2011  |   Emma Brown

Tags: General Political, House

In a memo to House Republicans on Monday, Majority Leader Eric Cantor outlined upcoming legislation targeted at limiting several important EPA rules.

The memo makes it clear that the most anti-environment House in U.S. history plans to continue its war on the environment and the EPA upon returning from the August recess.

Cantor’s agenda includes:

  • Legislation during the week of September 19th to require an “economic analysis” of the EPA’s new standards aimed at curbing cross-state air pollution and mercury emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants.
  • Action during the week of October 3rd to delay and alter an EPA boiler rule intended to curb toxic air pollution from industrial boilers.
  • Legislation brought to the House floor also during the week of October 3rd to block  EPA standards that curbs air pollution from cement production and requires the agency to develop new standards altogether.
  •  Legislation during the October/November timeframe to scale back scientist-recommended limits on toxic coal ash.
  • Action by the Energy and Commerce Committee to prevent EPA administrator Lisa Jackson from revising a weak Bush-era standard for ozone—a key ingredient in smog.
  •  Legislation roughly set for winter in which a one year ban would prohibit the EPA from revising “any national ambient air quality standard applicable to particulate matter” (industrial dust) and limit the EPA’s ability to override inadequate standards established at the state and local level.
  • Further action by the Energy and Commerce Committee to prevent the EPA from addressing carbon  pollution.

View the memo here.

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